Valorant Champions 2023: Opening Matches, Groups And More

After the conclusion of the Last Chance Qualifiers, we have now assembled the full roster of teams that will be competing in Champions 2023. Interestingly, there is a particularly challenging group, often referred to as the "Group of Death." Can you guess which teams are in it?

The draw for the group stage of the Valorant World Championship has been revealed! | © Riot Games

After the completion of the qualifications, all 16 qualifying teams have been assigned to four groups, marking the beginning of the Valorant World Championship's first stage. For information on the qualified teams from each region, you can visit the Valorant Champions 2023 - Dates, Details And All Qualified Teams page.

The Road to Valorant Champions 2023

The teams that have secured their spots in the Valorant Champions 2023 did so through various paths. Recently, NaVI, Giants, and Zeta qualified through the LCQs of their respective regions. China had a separate qualifier for its three slots, while well-known teams like Paper Rex, Liquid, and Fnatic earned their positions through the VCT League playoff tournaments.

EMEA will have the largest representation in this year's Champions, thanks to Fnatic's victory in Masters Tokyo, which earned their region an additional slot.

Here are the group stage draw results:

  • Group A - Paper Rex, EDward Gaming, Giants & KRÜ Esports
  • Group B - Evil Geniuses, FUT Esports, T1 & FunPlus Phoenix
  • Group C - Fnatic, NRG Esports, BLG & ZETA DIVISION
  • Group D - Liquid, DRX, LOUD & NaVi

The opening matches for each group are as follows:

Group A
Group B
Group C
Group D
Paper Rex vs KRÜ
Evil Geniuses vs FunPlus Phoenix
Liquid vs NaVi
EDward Gaming vs Giants
FUT Esports vs T1
NRG Esports vs BLG

Group D is considered the "Group of Death" and is expected to deliver intense action and excitement. The opening matches will kick off on August 6th at the "Shrine Auditorium," setting the stage for the thrilling battles of Champions 2023.

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